Spunk Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who expresses doubt that Joe would really do anything to Spunk?

2. Who goes after whatever he wants, according to Elijah?

3. Why do Walter and Elijah feel sorry for Joe?

4. During what decade is this story set?

5. How can Spunk's job be described?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who narrates the final chapter? Is this effective?

2. Why does Spunk move Lena into the Bradley house?

3. What offer from Spunk does Lena refuse in Chapter 1? Why do you think she does this?

4. What does Walter think about Spunk killing Joe?

5. What role do Walter and Elijah play in this story?

6. Describe how Spunk dies in Chapter 4.

7. When Joe enters the store in Chapter 1, how is he treated?

8. Describe the scene surrounding Joe's death.

9. What is the wake for Spunk like?

10. What does the black bobcat represent?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Identify the concept of a tragic hero (or heroine). Describe one character in Hurston's book that you think can be described as a tragic hero, and explain what makes them fit the description. Why does Hurston decide to include this particular character in the book? What does he or she represent?

Essay Topic 2

How is Hurston's story ultimately resolved? Do you think the plot was adequately resolved? In your opinion, what could have been added (or removed) to make it more meaningful?

Essay Topic 3

How does Hurston incorporate the concept of man versus self in the novel? Which character do you think is the best example of man versus self, and why?

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